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Treholt apologizes for spy meeting

(TV 2 Nettavisen)
Arne Treholt, who was convicted of espionage in 1985, launched his autobiography «Gråsoner» Thursday. He admits he could have passed on the meeting with a KGB officer.

«To say that I regret it would be too strong,» said Arne Treholt, who was convicted to 20 years in 1985 for political espionage. «I have acted censurable and could have done things differently in connection to my stays abroad.»

During a meeting with the KGB Officer Gennadij Titov in Moscow, Treholt allegedly handed over papers in return for an undisclosed amount of cash. He was arrested in 1984 at Fornebu, Oslo airport, with a stack of classified government documents. After serving seven years, Treholt was pardoned in 1992. Treholt has always claimed his innocence.

He has now written his autobiography, which he has called «Gråsoner» (grey areas).

«There are probably a lot of people who would say that I was naïve when I was arrested for espionage,»Trehold said to TV 2 God Morgen Norge. «I see now that I overlooked that there were established enemies in the middle of the Cold War.»

When asked if he told the truth, he said that he has given his version of events.

«I mean that I give a very sincere and honest version of my side, but truth is a relative term which depends on who is defining it,» Treholt stated.

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